Exhibit Opens at Stewart Indian School Cultural Center Showcases the Regalia Connected with Modern Pow Wow Celebrations
Exhibit Opens at Stewart Indian School Cultural Center
Show Showcases the Regalia Connected with Modern Pow Wow Celebrations
Carson City – The exhibition, Dancing for the Earth, Dancing for the People: Pow Wow Regalia and Art of the Great Basin at the Great Basin Native Artists Gallery inside the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum will display contemporary pow wow dance regalia, photography, mixed media sculpture, Great Basin beadwork, digital graphic design and more. This exhibition was curated by Melissa Melero-Moose (Fallon Paiute/Modoc), founder of Great Basin Native Artists Collective. It opens on Wednesday October 12.
Curator Melero-Moose describes the aim of the exhibition which “seeks to display a small view into the pow wow culture and how contemporary and historical regalia were never ‘costumes’ to the Indigenous peoples of this continent.”
“The contemporary pow wow is a social gathering, a competitive dance contest, an art exhibition, a cultural exchange, and so much more. Evolving over the years from traditional tribal ceremony, which continues, and grows stronger, the pow wow brings the people together many times each year in healing, dance, drumming and song,” she adds.
Some of the participating artists will include Phil Buckheart, Bucky Harjo, Linda Eben Jones, Jack Malotte, Lyndah Steele, Theo Steele, Janice Eben Stump, Chad Yellow John, and Bhie-Cie Zahn-Nahtzu.
The exhibition will run from October 12, 2022 – May 26, 2023, inside the GBNA Gallery, inside the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum, 1 Jacobsen Way, Carson City, Nevada. The Great Basin Native Artists Gallery’s mission is to gain a better knowledge and awareness of the art and peoples of the Great Basin and to create opportunities for this underrepresented region in all forms of the arts.
Bucky Harjo, Grass Dancer, 2022, digital photograph
About the Nevada Indian Commission
The Nevada Indian Commission (NIC) works to develop and improve cooperation and communication between Nevada’s tribes, state and local governments, and related-public agencies. We serve approximately 22,000 citizens of 28 federally recognized Tribal Nations, plus an additional 50,000 self-identified Native Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum 1 Jacobsen Way Carson City, NV 89701 775-687-7608 Americans who make the Silver State their second home. For more information visit https://nevadaindiancommission.org/.
About Stewart Indian School Cultural Center
The Stewart Indian School Cultural Center opened in 2020 to interpret and tell the history of the site as a former federal boarding school for Native children. Over 200 tribal nations were represented at Stewart during its years of operation from 1890- 1980. This is now a community space for healing through research, exhibitions, art, and storytelling. For more information visit https://stewartindianschool.com/.